Offenbach Gaite – Le Ballet Francais Orchestra

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GAITE PARISIENNE is without question the gayest and most fun-filled ballet ever produced. It has wit and bubble that so delightfully portrays the Parisian Cafe Society of the Second Empire, Using the melodies of the nineteenth century composer Jacques Offenbach and the book by Comte Etienne de Beauirnont, the internationally famous choreographer Leonide Massine created the ballet for Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Since its premiere in 1938, the work has captured the delight of audiences all aver the world.

As the curtain rises on GAITE PARISIENNE, we look into a fashionable Parisian restaurant where the help animatedly prepares for the night’s business. The first principal to arrive is the saucy Flower Girl. She is followed by three cocodettes (young ladies of easy virtue) and their escorts, who throw themselves into a mazurka. The lovely Glove Seller enters and all the men crowd around her, forgetting the other girls. Next to appear is the comically eager Peruvian, carrying his luggage since he is very impatient to plunge himself info the delicious naughtiness of Paris night life. The girls make merriment over his gauche antics, but the Glove Seller politely ignores him, though he plainly adores her.

An elegant Baron arrives and spurns the Flower Girl while giving his attentions to the Glove Seller, The Peruvian becomes increasingly, tipsy, and while being entertained by the cocodettes, he is brushed aside by arrogant soldiers who immediately take over. The next couple to enter ore La Lionne the city’s reigning beauty, and her chief admirer, the Duke, who boils over in jealousy when La Lionne flirts with one of the officers. The Glove Seller amuses herself while teasing the Baron by pretending sudden interest in the Peruvian. The situation eventually explodes! The Officer and Duke fight over La Lionne, the Baron and the Peruvian over the little Glove Seller, The Peruvian takes refuge under a table.

When peace is restored. The Baron and the Glove Seller do a dance expressing their love. All present take on a romantic mood, and following the entrance of the Can-Can Girls, who launch into an extravagant dance, the Cafe resumes its gaiety. The Duke and the Flower Girl and the Officer and La Lionne pair off happily. In conclusion, the unhappy Peruvian is left to sulk alone.

Offenbach Gaite - Le Ballet Francais Orchestra

Label: Marble Arch MAL 679

1975 1970s Covers

Country Giants Vol. 3

Country Giants. Giants of Country Music. But that’s enough about the cover. I’m no country music expert but I suspect this selection wasn’t taken from the premier league of country hits.

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The world of country music has provided that wider world of show business with some great performers; names like Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer immediately spring to mind as people who have enhanced overall the music industry. But these names, like the others on this album, are basically country music artists and their enthusiasm and love for this music that is so indigenous to America but has yet spread its appeal to most western countries keeps them leaders in the field.

On this album you’ll hear the legendary Jim Reeves performing two songs, one of which is that great favourite “Scarlet Ribbons”. And you’ll hear Floyd Cramer giving very different treatment to “Release Me”, the song that gave Engelbert his big break. Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner all come in with fine country songs and there’s a memorable duet by Dottie West and Don Gibson.

Most of these artists have been delighting country music audiences in America for many years now and over the past few years a steady stream have made their way to London for appearances at theatres and festivals throughout Britain. Both in their music and in their background they reflect all that is best and enduring in country music. Some of the songs they write and perform may become hits, not only for their originators but for other artists, but what remains essentially the same is a spirit that comes into every country song and makes it a vital part of today’s musical scene.

Country music fans will know just what we mean.

Country Giants Vol. 3 Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner all come in with fine country songs and there's a memorable duet by Dottie West and Don Gibson

Label: Camden 1119

1975 1970s Covers